Communists declare candidacy on Prague Spring anniversary

The Slovak Communist Party (KSS) announced August 21 that they would run in regional local elections, called for December1. KSS chairman Jozef Ševc said that his party expected to "succeed" in the Prešov, Košice and Žilina regions.

Ševc also commented on the 33rd anniversary of the Prague Spring, a time of attempted reform which was halted on the night of August 20-21 by invading Warsaw Pact troops. Ševc said that if the current KSS had been in power, the party would have treated the whole issue differently. He added that the failure of the 1968 movement should be blamed on Alexander Dubček, a Slovak who called the attempts for change 'Socialism with a human face'.

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